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With plumbing technology advancing at a rapid rate, you now have more choices than ever when it comes to water heaters. Despite all the choices available, you are still going to want the most energy-efficient system that you can afford and a professional plumber with experience in water heater installations to install it for you.

Before making your choice in a water heater, you will need to evaluate:

  • Your family’s water heating needs
  • Your energy usage expectations
  • Your budget

Types Of Water Heaters

There are many types and sizes of water heaters available, so you should consult a professional plumber with experience in installing water heaters, to assist you in making your choice. Some of the water heaters available are:

Conventional Water Heaters

These have an insulated storage tank where the heated water is stored. A thermostat turns the heater on if the temperature drops below a certain level.

Heat Pump (Hybrid) Water Heaters

These water heaters capture heat from the air or the ground and use it to heat the water. They cost more than a standard electric water heater but use 60% less energy, so your utility bill will be much lower. These water heaters have the heat pump on top, so they need about a 7-foot clearance from floor to ceiling.

Solar Water Heater

Solar panels mounted on the roof use the heat of the sun and transfer it to an antifreeze-like fluid in a closed-loop system that runs to the water tank and heats the water. The system can be expensive to install and needs regular maintenance, but overtime, you will see a decrease in your utility bill and your carbon footprint.

Tankless Water Heater

Suitable for a small home, with limited hot water needs, a tankless water heater does not store hot water but heats it on demand. These heaters are powered by electricity or gas.

Signs That Your Water Heater Is Faulty

As a homeowner, you expect the water heater to heat the water quickly and deliver it at the correct pressure. If a water heater fails to do that, it is an indication that it may be faulty. A faulty water heater left unattended, may eventually burst and cause flooding and a lot of damage to your home.

Some obvious signs will alert you that the water heater is faulty:

  • The water takes very long to get hot or does not get hot at all.
  • You hear a boiling or clunking noise while the water heats up.
  • The pilot light does not come on.
  • The drain valve is blocked – this usually happens if the heater is not maintained regularly and sediment has collected on the bottom, causing the drain valve to block.
  • The pressure release valve is leaking or is not allowing the water to flow. A blocked pressure valve needs to be attended to urgently as a build-up of pressure could cause the tank to burst, resulting in flooding and other major damage to your home.
  • The water is cloudy or has a brown tinge and metallic smell and/or taste – this would indicate that the tank has corroded.
  • The tank is leaking – this is usually also an indication that the inside lining of the tank has corroded. This problem can rarely be fixed and a professional plumber would advise that you install a new tank.

Why Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric Should Install Your Water Heater

Water heaters should only be installed by professional plumbers, and there are many reasons that the Do It Yourself enthusiast should not attempt this task:

  • A professional plumber will be able to advise you on the correct water heater for your needs. They will take into account:
  • The size of your premises
  • The fuel source
  • Your budget. They will advise you on the initial outlay and also on the ongoing costs.
  • They know the relevant Florida Building Codes and regulations and will be able to install it correctly the first time around. A lot of money is wasted if a water heater is installed incorrectly and has to be redone.
  • They have the correct tools and expertise, so the job will be done quickly and efficiently.
  • They can remove and dispose of the old water heater correctly.
  • For the warranty to remain valid, manufacturers may insist that the water heater is installed by professional plumbers.

If you want your water heater to function properly, and last as long as possible (usually 8-10 years) it needs to be installed correctly and maintained regularly. Call Art Plumbing, Air Conditioning & Electric in Boca Raton at 561-391-1048 to assist you with all your water heater needs.